Sailing

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We provide sailing activites for all ages. Families, adults, youth - we have opporutinites to learn to sail and advance your sailing education.

Junior Summer

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Meet new friends, achieve greater goals and engage in unique activities while exploring and recreating in the marine environment.

Rentals

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Our fleet of paddle and sailboat rentals are available Memorial Day through Labor Day everyday 9am to 8pm. Please call or email for Spring and Fall hours.

About the WaterFront Center

Oyster Bay is said to have some of the healthiest waters in the Long Island Sound; they are classified SA - signifying the highest and best water quality. Home of the famous "Pine Island" oysters, farmed since l887 by Frank M. Flower and Sons, our waters produce up to 90 percent of the oysters and up to 40 percent of the hard clams harvested in all of New York State. This area of the waterfront used to be the site of Jakobson’s Shipyard, which during World War II employed over 600 workers, building minesweepers, tugboats and mini-submarines for the U.S. Navy. The Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay was once at the center of Long Island's shipbuilding industry. At its height of production, it was the largest builder of tugboats east of the Mississippi. Eventually, changes in the industry left the future of this valuable waterfront site in question. Concerned citizens of Oyster Bay, who feared that the site could wind up in the hands of developers, stepped in to ensure the site remained a center for the community to explore its rich maritime heritage and connection to the bay. So in 1996, the site was purchased by the State of New York and the Town of Oyster Bay, and in 2000 the WaterFront Center was born to transform the site into a hands-on educational and recreational facility. Today this is the home of the WaterFront Center, an environmental education and recreation not-for-profit community center. It is also the home of Christeen, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving Oyster Sloop in North America.
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News & Updates

  • May 31st, 2017
    Horseshoe Crab Tagging by Cameron Jenness
     
    We are excited to be a part of the New York Horseshoe crab monitoring network for the 2017 tagging season organized by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program with assistance from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Since the 1970s, the Horseshoe crab population has ...
  • May 31st, 2017
    Friends Academy Volunteers by Alicia Martorella
    Friends Academy School has been a long-standing partner of the WFC. Its students have enjoyed marine science field trips, summer sailing and marine science camp, and several compete on our High School, Summer 420 Race, and Big Boat teams. As a Quaker school, Friends Academy integrates service and stewardship ...
  • May 31st, 2017
    Sailing, Fun, & Friendship by Heather Grosso & Brent Bomkamp
     
    This May, the WaterFront Center was pleased to host the 2017 Patent Cup Regatta. Since 1989, patent lawyers from around the globe have been convening at various locations to test their skills on the race course, under the motto of “Sailing, Fun, and Friendship”. ...
  • May 31st, 2017
    Unbounded Success by Michelle Hollander
    Seventy-two students from Success Academies arrived at the WaterFront Center early on the morning May 16th to kick-off three days packed with events. Students explored the marine environment through educational sails aboard Christeen, where they conducted water quality tests and trawled the benthic community to see what lives on the ...
  • April 30th, 2017
    NCCC Sailing Program by Heather Grosso
    Spring is here and sailing is underway! As many of us eagerly anticipated the Spring sailing season, there is a specific group of young adults who could not wait to get out on the water. The WaterFront Center makes sailing accessible to countless groups of people, including college students. ...

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